To find out more about the circular economy in cities and how best to start the circular transition, the following initiatives and resources can be helpful.

  • Circle Economy – Circle Cities Programme external link icon : the Circle Cities Programme is a global platform that helps regions, cities and local businesses to make the transition towards a more circular economy. Information and tools are available on the website. You can, for example, learn from the experiences of other cities or measure how circular your city is.
  • Circle Lab external link icon : Circle Lab is an online platform for cities, citizens and businesses about using circularity to tackle certain challenges. More than 1,000 case studies are available, focussed on different sectors, strategies and policy instruments.
  • Circular Cities and Regions Initiative external link icon: The Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI) supports the implementation of circular economy solutions at local and regional scale. The CCRI forms part of the European Commission’s new Circular Economy Action Plan external link icon and will also contribute to the implementation of the European Green Deal external link icon and the EU Bioeconomy Strategy external link icon. The initiative will be implemented in the following months.
  • Circular Europe Network external link icon : through Circular Europe Network, best practices are shared from cities and regions throughout Europe. Factsheets describe the nature of the projects and the actors that are involved.
  • Circular Economy Practitioner Guide external link icon : this guide is designed to help in the acceleration of the transition towards circularity. The website offers resources related to different stages of the production phase and shares circular strategies and business cases.
  • Circular Economy Toolkit external link icon : this toolkit provides resources related to the circular economy, including 100 circular business and environmental concepts, and 50 surveys to gain industry insight.
  • Doughnut Economy external link icon : the concept of the doughnut economy can be used in support of the circular economy. Using the model on your city can help to get insight into how the environmental and social performance can be improved and strengthened.
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation – Circular Economy in Cities external link icon : this website provides a range of reports, frameworks, and other publications related to the circular economy. Topics range from plastics to fashion and food, presenting which issues should be tackled and how cities can contribute to this.
  • European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform external link icon : this joint initiative by the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee brings together stakeholders and presents documents and resources active in the circular economy in Europe.
  • European Investment Bank external link icon : the EIB supports the circular economy through awareness raising, advisory support and finance. The website offers publications and case studies related to the circular economy, including the guide The 15 circular steps for cities.
  • FLOOW2 Sharing Marketplace external link icon : this website is dedicated to sharing assets, either through the creation of your own marketplace or by using their global marketplace. This practice contributes to the sharing economy while reducing waste, lowering costs and generating revenue.
  • OECD – Circular cities and regions external link icon : this OECD programme supports cities and regions in their transition towards circularity by developing indicator frameworks, engaging in dialogues in cities, and sharing best practices.
  • Raw Materials Scanner external link icon : this tool helps businesses analyse to what extent their dependency on raw materials could pose a risk in the future. It provides insight into the raw materials and products associated with a production process and provides action points to mitigate possible risks.
  • REBus – Guide for circular procurement external link icon : this website provides a step-by-step guide to implement a circular resource efficient business model, including case studies.
  • Urban Agenda Partnership for Circular Economy external link icon – circular city indicators: this document provides an overview of the indicators used by initiatives and cities to measure components of the circular economy. Based on this, suggested indicators are presented that can be used to measure flows in other cities.
  • WBSCD – Circular indicators external link icon : this publication shows a set of indicators to help with the identification of circular opportunities and linear risks for businesses. Using this, circular priorities and targets can be determined.